Monday, April 15, 2024

To Sous Vide Or Not To Sous Vide? – Stefan’s Gourmand Weblog


Home made limoncello tastes higher than most store-bought limoncello. I’ve been making it myself for about 10 years now (click on right here for the recipe). Lemon peels, infused for 4 to six weeks in pure alcohol (95% pure), then add a easy syrup, and for greatest outcomes permit to age for some additional time. I’ve seen limoncello made in solely 2 hours utilizing sous vide unfusion on-line, however by no means paid a lot consideration to it. As a result of it might by no means be pretty much as good. Or might it? I needed to know for certain and subsequently put it to the check and made some sous vide infused limoncello.

The elements are precisely the identical whether or not you make it sous vide or the normal means: natural unwaxed lemons, ideally from Sorrento in Italy, 95% pure alcohol, sugar, and water. For 1.5 litres (6 cups) of limoncello you’ll need 5 massive lemons, 500 ml (2 cups) alcohol, 750 ml (3 cups) water, and 600 grams (3 cups) sugar. You may as well make limoncello utilizing vodka as a substitute, however I’ve by no means tried that.

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First scrub the lemons completely and dry them..

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Then peel them as thinly as doable utilizing a vegetable peeler.

The flavour is within the yellow half; the white pith is bitter. If there’s some white pith hooked up to the yellow peel, take away it with a really sharp paring knife. That’s the secret to the most effective tasting home made limoncello, and one of many the explanation why correctly made home made limoncello is healthier than most store-bought.

Vacuum seal the peels with the alcohol, and infuse sous vide for two hours at 57C/135F. As an alternative of utilizing a chamber vacuum machine, you may also use a ziploc bag and the water displacement technique.

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Within the meantime, make a easy syrup by bringing 750 ml blended with 600 grams of sugar to a boil in a saucepan, and permit to boil for 1 minute, then permit to chill.

Chill the sous vide infused alcohol as properly.

Combine the syrup with the infused alcohol, and chill this fully within the freezer. Limoncello is greatest when served ice chilly from the freezer. Good limoncello with sufficient alcohol (about 30%) will keep fluid within the freezer.

For this experiment I ready each historically made limoncello and the short model utilizing sous vide, to then style them aspect by aspect. The sous vide model has a a lot sharper style; the normal model has a deeper, rounder and softer taste. The sous vide model is a little more contemporary, however I undoubtedly choose the normal model. The sous vide model is a little more like store-bought limoncello, so maybe heating can also be used as a way to supply a few of these. If you’re in a rush you can also make an appropriate limoncello sous vide, however I don’t assume it’s definitely worth the hassle in comparison with the store-bought model (and with the worth of lemons and 95% proof alcohol I don’t anticipate it to be cheaper). The standard home made model is a lot better.



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